Millions of locusts swarmed above the Luxor, a pyramid-themed hotel in Las Vegas, prompting allusions to an infamous Biblical plague.
Locusts are basically grasshoppers on steroids, and they can be devastating to certain agricultural processes. That’s probably why the Plague of Locusts is one of the 10 major plagues in Exodus, which was written when farming was of paramount importance.
According to Exodus 10:1–6:
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.” 3 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 4 If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. 5 They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. 6 They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
The news of the Vegas invasion was reported by CNN, which said the locusts may outnumber humans in certain areas, as well as by the local papers. But no one has reported on the Biblical implications of the locusts swarming above the Luxor, which is named after a city in Southern Egypt.
On Reddit, the religious parallels didn’t go unnoticed.
“Doh, classic God, he sent the swarm of locusts to the wrong Luxor,” one Reddit commenter wrote.
“Ah, i see we’re finally getting those plagues everyone keeps talking about,” another observer said.
Someone else called insect invasion “quite the coincidence.”
“I’m pretty sure there’s a biblical story that relates to locusts wiping out an egyptian nation. Quite the coincidence. Edit: yupp there’s something along the lines of a locust plague.”
So, for those who are wondering, this is not a Biblical plague. These grasshoppers are fairly common in the Vegas desert, and they are swarming now because of an uncharacteristically wet season.
Maybe not as exciting as God raining vengeance upon his enemies, but still quite the visual event!